cookie stack

I’ve found a new pen pal in my editor, Charmaine, who’s based in Hong Kong. We write each other about once a week, mostly just girl/mommy talk, but discussions inadvertently find their way back to food. One of our latest topics has been what we bake when we need a little pick-me-up, something that lifts our spirits on a dowdy day, or a sweet treat when we are simply in a gluttonous mood. She has a soft-spot for the all-American cakes, stacked high, with lashings of frosting. For me, nothing quite does it like heady amounts of chocolate, and this cookie recipe by the fabulous Dorie Greenspan, is my current obsession.

I don’t know the reason behind the name World Peace Cookies, but I hazard the guess that it’s because they are so blindingly delicious that once people eat this, they will be disarmed by the intense chocolate-y goodness and leave the thought of war far behind them.

I bake cookies on a regular basis at home, to serve as my afternoon tea, my kids’ post-dinner dessert and sometimes even as a quick breakfast. So far, I have trained myself to be satisfied with a ration of three at a go (ok, sometimes five, on bad days), just to make sure I don’t go over-board. But with these addictive dark chocolate nuggets, any notion of portion control goes right out the window. Half of my first tray of cookies didn’t even make it past the 15-minute mark out of the oven. I had them warm and oozy, straight off the cooling rack. Needless to say, the kids went crazy for these too, especially the little girl, who hovered around the cookie jar for days on end like a hawk. Anytime one of us made a reach for the cookies (which ended up being an on-the-hour occurrence), she’d come lunging, in the most un-ladylike manner, with her mouth wide open, voraciously demanding a piece.

cookies on rack

To Dorie’s recipe, I reduced the amount of sugar slightly, boosted the amount of sea salt, and included a teaspoonful of instant coffee granules. I like adding coffee to my chocolate recipes for another flavour dimension, and the extra smattering of salt heightens the intensity of the chocolate even further. These crisp-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside cookies are sublime on their own, but they are also ludicrously good crumbled over a bowl of vanilla or coffee ice-cream. Whichever way you prefer, they are a true indulgence for any chocolate fanatic.

About Dawn Chia

Dawn, a lanky food-crazed lady, started out writing for lifestyle magazines, and later spent several years in banking. When not eating, she's cooking, reading about, hankering after, and writing about food. On her first date with her boyfriend (now husband), they dined at four restaurants across Singapore. He's gained 25lbs since, and their culinary escapades continue after welcoming two rotund angels. Dawn's committed to feeding them with the best, and creating lasting food memories and traditions for her family.


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23 May 2013


Hi Mike, I’m sorry to hear they did not turn out great. For chewier and more moist cookies, maybe bake them for a minute less than the suggested timing? Or you could try cutting the cookies a little thicker, so that they turn out less crumbly. I hope these suggestions will work out for you.

The cookies came out pretty tasty and moist. I substituted 1tbls of espresso for the instant coffee (wish I had put 2tbls in now). I used valrhona cocoa powder and callebaut semi-sweet (58%) chocolate. The biggest difference from the recipe is that I came out with only 29 cookies, which is a pretty big difference from the approximate of 50. My cookies looked a little thinner than those pictured, but roughly the same size. Since the dough stores well, next time around I’ll just do a double batch.

If I could, I would load you up a pic.

Thanks for the recipe.

Dear Joe, I wish I could taste the cookies you made. They sound delicious. The only thing about putting in more espresso is that I would suggest you add it very slowly to the butter and sugar mixture, beating well, as you go along, to prevent curdling. I think you might be right about the discrepancy about the number of cookies this yields. I just baked a batch and I got 40 (slightly larger) cookies. And yes, doing a double batch for the freezer can’t hurt. They come in very handy when you have last minute guests 🙂

Dear Dawn, these are one of my favorites, too! Pierre Herme created them for a now closed restaurant in Paris called Korova. He still sells them in his stores. Whenever I can, I buy some. And I don’t ever share! Laurent Bernard in Singapore used to make a very similar one, too. Don’t know if he still does. They are so worth making!

Dear S, I have sadly never been to Paris, but would love to taste Pierre Herme’s version some day. They must be wonderful.

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